Tamburello sees promise in his fresh-faced Fauquier girls lacrosse team
Saturday, Mar. 30
The Fauquier Falcons recenttly lost a pair of games to Loudoun Valley, 22-2 and 21-2. --Photo by Adam Goings
The Fauquier Falcons girls lacrosse team fell to Loudoun Valley Vikings Friday for the second time this spring, dropping their record to 0-3.
In the team's previous meeting on March 11, the Vikings beat the Falcons 22-2, making last week's rematch eerily similar as Fauquier endured a slightly lighter thrashing at home, falling 21-2.
Despite the tough loss to a strong opponent, the revamped Falcons showed key areas of improvement.
“We saw a little bit more from our team tonight. There was more communication and we did a better job of passing the ball,” said first year coach Zach Tamburello.
Sophomore Juliette Ruland was a bright spot as she tallied two goals against the tough Viking defense. She scored 30 seconds in and struck again early in the second half to provide all of the FHS offense.
“Juliette did a great job. She is tenacious and doesn’t care if she gets hit or not. She has a motor and I believe she can play at the collegiate level,” said Tamburello.
The Falcons possess young talent but are without the services of 11 graduated seniors that helped produce a 9-7 record last spring.
The young Fauquier squad is putting aside their rough start and focusing on improving.
They believe they are capable of competing for an Evergreen District title like they did just last season.
“Last year we had an older team but now we definitely have to step up,” said Ruland. “We are improving and putting in lots of work. If we want to we can go far.”
“Confidence-wise this is not a good start for us, but we realize Loudoun Valley has been playing together since they were children,” said junior Morgan Ryan. “We are just taking things step by step. We haven’t played any district games yet but we were close last year so hopefully we can take it this year.”
The current rebuilding phase has left FHS with a developing core of girls.
Sophomores Ruland, Allie White, Emma Spector and Savannah Markell return to lead the offense, while juniors Jennie Norden and Morgan Ryan will be called upon to provide defense.
The Falcons also feature a completely new face in goal as senior goaltender Ellen Grimsley gears up for her first varsity season.
“Ellen is a first year goalie and she has done a fantastic job for us. She takes charge and has been a huge surprise,” said Tamburello.
Even with all the change amongst the players, perhaps the biggest difference from last year is coach Tamburello, a former FHS lacrosse player who replaced Wendy West.
Most of Tamburello’s coaching experience stems from his time as a Radford University club team assistant. He was also an assistant coach for the Falcons last spring.
His love and knowledge for the sport has gotten the attention of many of the young players.
“In comparison to past coaches we have had, he knows a lot about lacrosse. He has worked with college girls before so he isn’t just somebody’s parent. He has a passion for the sport,” said Ryan.
“It has been great coaching the girls and promoting girls lacrosse. The sport is still growing in this area so being a mentor to these girls and teaching them more about the game has been a really good experience,” said Tamburello.
The 2013 spring has thrown a lot of change at the Falcons, who are eager to overcome their two tough losses to Loudoun Valley and get back to their winning ways.
“We are still trying to get used to each other. We are picking up the pieces, now we just need to click,” said Ryan.
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